Don’t get overlooked for an ideal job because your project manager resume isn’t tailored to your strengths. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you how to make a great resume and advance your career in project management.
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In Review – Secrets to a Great Project Manager Resume
Landing a great project management position requires a great project manager resume. Jennifer noted that many talented project managers have been overlooked because of poor resumes.
She said that a job notice will usually include a detailed description of the project management job they’re trying to fill, or at least the role and its responsibilities. Therefore, the first thing you must do is to map your resume to directly respond to the how, when and where you have done what they’re seeking. This includes having a targeted LinkedIn profile, as recruiters are always trolling the site for leads.
What Goes into a Great Project Manager Resume
But that’s just the basics. Of course you’re going to want them to know you’re a good fit for the job, too. What more can you do? Jennifer offered nine suggestions to take your project management resume to the next level.
- Make It Easy: The first thing you don’t want to do is make the recruiter or human resources person work harder than they have to. If they’re asking for something concrete, have that shown clearly in your resume.
- Highlight the Needs: Make it clear that what the employer needs for the position is also evident in your resume; don’t bury it. Are you versed in agile? Let them know. Are you an expert with certain project management software? Highlight specifics on your resume.
- Demonstrate How You Help Your Customers: Basically, this is you establishing your brand. If you’re great with metrics, show that, or if you’re more of a natural team leader, show that instead.
- Keep Resume Updated: You should be reviewing your project manager resume more than just when you’re looking for a new job. Always update it with new skills and experiences, and this goes for your LinkedIn page as well. If you’re regularly earning PDUs, be sure to mention that you’re PMP certified.
- Use Keywords: That’s the language of the recruiter, and maybe even the software they’re using to locate candidates, so use the industry-specific keywords that they’re seeking. If you’re a project manager, but in your previous job you held a different title, write your title as project manager in your resume to match the desired language.
- Be Short, Clear and Concise: A resume is not a novel. You’re not looking for plot development. Just state the facts.
- Quantify Your Impact & Size of Projects: Let them know about your previous work, such as the size and scale of it, so they can see the kinds of projects that you’re able to manage as a project leader.
- Include Awards & Unique Interests: If you were recognized for being outstanding and achieved something noteworthy, you need to let people know. Also, if there’s something quirky, yet valuable, that sets you apart, mention that too.
- Associate with Recognizable Corporations or Big Brands: While working with smaller or more obscure companies is not bad, people respond to the familiar, and that includes those who are looking to hire. Well-known businesses in your resume add credibility to your talent.
Pro-Tip: A great way to complement your resume is by creating a project management portfolio. Whether it’s with a physical or digital representation of your work, a portfolio can impress potential employers.
Take it Further: In your interview, be sure that they offer you fair compensation. Read all about project manager salary statistics for 2019.
Today, we’re talking about secrets for a great project management resume. Well, unfortunately, today, great project managers are overlooked for job opportunities because of their resume. So, today, I want to highlight a few secrets that can help you land that opportunity.
Well, first of all, when a job opening is posted, they typically include the description of the role and responsibilities, and any requirements around the experience needed, the training, the skills, and the certifications.
So, when you present your resume, and I also submit on your LinkedIn profile, you need to match, you need to map what they’re asking for to what you are presenting on your resume.
So, for the job role and responsibilities, you want to show how, when, where you have done this so that you can let them know that you qualify. You also want to identify the experience, training, skills, and any certifications very prominently so they can see those.
So, here are some secrets. Number one, make it easy for the resume reviewer. So, if they’re looking for A, B, and C, then show them A, B, and C. Don’t include X, Y, and Z or more than they’re asking. Make it easy for them to find.
Also, highlight their needs. So, make it clear that your experience and training also outlines with their needs.
Demonstrate how you help your customers. So, that, in essence, is identifying your brand. If you’re great with numbers or metrics, then identify that. If you’re great with people and fostering teamwork, then identify that.
Also, keep your resume and your LinkedIn profile up-to-date because you don’t know when that job opening is going to come up, so you want to be ready. And, all the time, recruiters and people working at companies and recruiting firms are constantly seeking candidates on LinkedIn, so you want to have that updated so you can come up in searches.
Also, use keywords and their language. If they’re looking for a specific role as “project manager,” and maybe you worked for a company or work for a company that doesn’t call a project manager a project manager, maybe they call it something else, then you want to be sure that you use their language.
Also, be short, clear, and concise. Just get to the point. Added information really doesn’t help.
Then, also, quantify your impact. Let them know how maybe you’ve increased sales or decreased expenses for a company or on a project. Also, identify the size of the project. You know, let them know if you’re used to managing smaller projects or larger projects. So, that’s typically identified by the size of the budget. Maybe, do you manage $50,000 projects, or $500,000 projects, or $5 million projects? Let them know the size and scale.
Also, include any kind of awards or unique interests that you have. So, for awards in your industry, maybe if you’ve been identified as the best project manager, whether it’s in your company, or maybe by a PMI chapter, or even PMI, the Project Management Institute, you want to be sure to include those.
Also, associate with recognizable corporations, big corporations, so people can have an understanding of who you’ve worked with, or maybe even what kind of industries, or any big brands. That just adds more credibility and visibility to your resume and your LinkedIn profile.
So, if you need any tips or resources to build your resume, then visit our website at ProjectManager.com.